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Acquittal by a Delhi Court of all 16 personnel of the Provisional Armed Constabulary, accused of killing 42 muslims in Meerut in the 1987 Hashimpur Massacre case, is given prominence in today's Press. Sunday Times writes "For lack of evidence, all 16 Hashimpur accused walk free'', on account of lack of sufficient evidence.
The back-to-back attacks by militants in Kathua and Samba region of Jammu, also receive wide coverage. "Terror hits J&K twice in two days" headlines Hindustan Times. Mail Today reports - J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of the PDP has once again raised the hackles of its coalition partner in the State, when he gave Pakistan a clean chit on the two militants strikes in the state within 24 hrs.
The Financial Express reports - As a measure of caution the Government has decided to 'reject' the results of the competitive bidding for three of the eight coal blocks it had put up for review, even though it found no evidence of malpractice though it found a 'deviation' from the trend. The bids of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd and Bharat Aluminum company for four coal blocks have been cancelled, & put off till further delebrations.
The Asian Age writes that Congress President Sonia Gandhi took the offensive against the Modi Government over the farmers issue - to Haryana, during a visit to areas affected by unseasonal rain and hailstorms. She vowed to fight for their interests and asked BJP-ruled states to ensure timely compensation to affected farmers.
'The Modi Government's first big bang reform to clean the Ganga by introducing real-time online monitoring of pollutants from April has hit a roadblock after stiff residence from industry, potentially jeopardising the attempt to expand the plan nation-wide.
And finally, Hindustan Times tells us of the continuing universal journey of Mangalyaan, the country's first spacecraft to Mars. Mangalyaan will complete its six month mission on March 24, but is expected to orbit around Mars for another six months even after its assignment duration expires - to delve deeper into the seasons and climate on Mars.